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Runoff Tuesday in Texas House Special Election

Jan 26, 2016

Democrat Tomas Uresti and Republican John Lujan face off Tuesday in a special election runoff in Texas House District 118 in San Antonio.

Joe Farias, a Democrat who had served as the district’s representative since 2007, resigned his state House seat in August. He had already announced that he would not be seeking re-election, and in a statement at the time, he said he hoped to enjoy more time with his family.

On Nov. 3, Lujan and Uresti were the top two finishers in a six-candidate field, garnering 29 percent and 22 percent respectively.

The winner of the race will serve out the remainder of Farias’ current term, which will end this year. Both Uresti and Lujan are also on the March 1 primary ballots in the race to serve a full term beginning in 2017. In the Democratic primary, Uresti, brother of state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, will face Farias' son Gabe Farias, who finished third in the Nov. 3 election.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/01/26/run-today-house-district-118-special-election/.